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    Post your link on gun rights here. One link per post, please.

    There is so much talk of gun rights these days that the 2nd Amendment needs its own entry.

    The problem with gun control measures is that they’re usually made in the heat of emotional turmoil rather than being rationally thought out using available data.

    Gun grab data from one research team lead to the conclusion:
    “The hypothesis that the removal of a large number of firearms owned by civilians [would lead to fewer gun-related deaths] is not borne out by the evidence.”

    In America, gun rights advocates are pressing our elected officials to look at the data from every angle. It’s overly simplistic to say “get rid of guns and reduce the crime.” You have to take a comprehensive approach.

    For example, 98% of mass shootings in the US happen in gun free zones. That means that law abiding citizens won’t be carrying their firearms to stop a shooting.

    Also, Americans are the most medicated people in the planet. All but one mass shooter in the past 50 years have been on psychiatric prescription drugs.

    We also have to look at the fact that gun bans have not reduced the amount of violent crime in any country where it has been tried, but in some countries like Great Britain, violent crime rates actually went up. Now they’re advocating for citizens to turn in their pointed knives.

    That doesn’t even begin to address the number of times in history gun bans were followed by government sponsored genocide.

    There are plenty of emotionally charged supporters on both side, but this is not an issue for emotion.

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    FBI: US Homicide Rate At 51-Year Low
    by Tyler Durden
    http://www.zerohedge.com/news/2016-06-16/fbi-us-homicide-rate-51-year-low

    “The US homicide rate in 2014, the most recent year available, was 4.5 per 100,000. The 2014 total follows a long downward trend and is the lowest homicide rate recorded since 1963 when the rate was 4.6 per 100,000. To find a lower homicide rate, we must travel back to 1957 when the total homicide rate hit 4.0 per 100,000.”

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    Murder and Homicide Rates Before and After Gun Bans
    http://crimeresearch.org/2013/12/murder-and-homicide-rates-before-and-after-gun-bans

    “Original post: Every place that has been banned guns (either all guns or all handguns) has seen murder rates go up. You cannot point to one place where murder rates have fallen, whether it’s Chicago or D.C. or even island nations such as England, Jamaica, or Ireland.

    For an example of homicide rates before and after a ban, take the case of the handgun ban in England and Wales in January 1997 (source here see Table 1.01 and the column marked “Offences currently recorded as homicide per million population,” UPDATED numbers available here). After the ban, clearly homicide rates bounce around over time, but there is only one year (2010) where the homicide rate is lower than it was in 1996. The immediate effect was about a 50 percent increase in homicide rates. Firearm homicide rate had almost doubled between 1996 and 2002 (see here p. 11). The homicide and firearm homicide rates only began falling when there was a large increase in the number of police officers during 2003 and 2004. Despite the huge increase in the number of police, the murder rate still remained slightly higher than the immediate pre-ban rate.”

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    Chart of the day: More guns, less gun violence between 1993 and 2013

    Chart of the day: More guns, less gun violence between 1993 and 2013

    “But there’s another possible reason for the decline in gun violence overlooked by Ehrenfreund – the significant increase in the number of guns in America , illustrated above by the dark blue line in the chart. Based on data from a 2012 Congressional Research Service (CRS) report (and additional data from another Wonkblog article “There are now more guns than people in the United States“), the number of privately owned firearms in US increased from about 185 million in 1993 to 357 million in 2013. Adjusted for the US population, the number of guns per American increased from 0.93 per person in 1993 to 1.45 in 2013, which is a 56% increase in the number of guns per person that occurred during the same period when gun violence decreased by 49% (see new chart above). Of course, that significant correlation doesn’t necessarily imply causation, but it’s logical to believe that those two trends are related. After all, armed citizens frequently prevent crimes from happening, including gun-related homicides, see hundreds of examples here of law-abiding gun owners defending themselves and their families and homes.”

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    Comparing Murder Rates and Gun Ownership Across Countries
    http://crimeresearch.org/2014/03/comparing-murder-rates-across-countries

    “Many gun control advocates prefer to look at only firearm homicides, not total murders. The United States has neither the highest firearm homicide rates for all countries or for developed countries. Among OECD countries, Mexico has the highest firearms homicide rate, with a rate about 3 times higher than the US rate. Brazil’s and Russia’s are much higher, though Russia does not report firearm homicides so it is only a guess for that country.

    By the way, despite Israel and Switzerland having very high gun possession rates, their firearm homicide rates are extremely low. In the data shown below, Switzerland had a firearms homicide rate of 0.77 per 100,000 people and Israel has a rate of just 0.09 per 100,000.

    Note that there are many countries that clearly have higher gun homicide rates than the United States that don’t have data available. Indeed, while 192 countries report total homicides, only 116 countries report firearm homicides. The average homicide rate for the countries that don’t have firearm homicides is 11.1 per 100,000. The median homicide rate for those that are missing is 8.7 per 100,000. Among the countries with higher homicide rates is Russia with a homicide rate of 11.6. The bottom line is that the countries that are missing the data are among the worst homicide countries.

    Again, all the concerns provided over relying on cross-sectional data still apply here. In addition, the firearm homicide data is not available for many of the countries with the highest homicide rates, suggesting that this cross-sectional comparison is even much more misleading than the discussion on homicides.”

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    CDC, FBI: Bicycle and Falling Deaths Far Exceed Deaths from ‘Mass Shootings’
    by AWR HAWKINS
    http://www.breitbart.com/big-government/2014/10/02/cdc-fbi-bicycle-and-falling-deaths-far-exceed-deaths-from-mass-shootings

    “Death statistics from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) coupled with crime statistics from the FBI show that bicycle and falling deaths far exceed deaths from ‘mass shootings.'”

    “For example, the CDC bicycle-related injury report for 2010 shows that almost twice as many people died on bicycles in that one year than were killed in “mass shootings” during the 14 years studied by the FBI. Thus, while there were 418 deaths in “mass shootings” from 2000 to 2013, there were 800 deaths by bicycle in 2010 alone.

    Moreover, there “were an estimated 515,000 emergency department visits” due to bicycle accidents.

    And CDC death statistics for 2010 show there were 26,009 deaths from “falling” for that year alone. That’s right–26,009 deaths in one year from falls from ladders, counters, roofs, mountains, etc.”

    * Note: important links within the above link include:
    https://www.fbi.gov/news/stories/2014/september/fbi-releases-study-on-active-shooter-incidents/pdfs/a-study-of-active-shooter-incidents-in-the-u.s.-between-2000-and-2013

    http://www.cdc.gov/motorvehiclesafety/bicycle/index.html

    http://www.cdc.gov/nchs/data/nvsr/nvsr61/nvsr61_06.pdf

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    Australia’s Gun Laws: Little Effect
    By Daniel Williams
    http://content.time.com/time/world/article/0,8599,1736501,00.html

    “The hypothesis that the removal of a large number of firearms owned by civilians [would lead to fewer gun-related deaths] is not borne out by the evidence.”

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